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Game Day Blog: Missouri State

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Game Day Blog: Missouri State

9:15 p.m. — Stadium announcer John George bids everyone a good night and we’ll see you next on Sept. 19 from Fayetteville as the Hogs host the Georgia Bulldogs. Post game story here soon. Drive safely.

9:14 p.m. — As the coaches and teams meet at midfield, we will say good night from War Memorial Stadium. We hope you enjoyed the first real-time reporting of the season. For those who follow on Twitter, remember that on game days, we will put most of this content on our new game-day feed, @RazorbackRoad. The score updates and major details are on the main feed as well, @ArkRazorbacks, for those that don’t want the whole real-time.

9:13 p.m. — There’s the final play and a record-setting night for the Arkansas Razorbacks ends with a 48-10 thumping of the Missouri State Bears.

9:11 p.m. — Missouri State gets to the UA 39, trying to score before time runs out. Now only 22 seconds left.

9:10 p.m. — Falls carries but a flag on the play; offsides on Arkansas. The stands are about half empty now; be careful out there driving home.

9:10 p.m. — Tyler Horner replaces Kirby for MSU; Falls battles for seven yards.

9:07 p.m. — Antonio Brown intercepts Wilson, the first interception of the night for the Razorbacks. With 1:43 to play, MSU has ball on its own 33.

9:03 p.m. — Hogs go for it on fourth down, and Ronnie Wingo Jr. gets the conversion; Razorback drive continues to the UA 44.

9:02 p.m. — Wilson completes back-to-back passes to Cobi Hamilton, the first for a 1st down, the next for nine to the 43.

9:00 p.m. — The play is reversed after the video review. There was not contact. Hogs take the ball on their own 22 yard line.

8:57 p.m. — Petrino has challenged the ruling on the field of contact on the punt.

8:55 p.m. — Childs gets a favorable roll, and the refs are indicating it may have hit a Razorback player. It is, recovered by MSU at the Hogs 21 yard line.

8:54 p.m. — Cooper Falls dropped by Arkansas’ Wendel Davis for a dramatic loss.

8:53 p.m. — MSU gets one of its longest plays of night, a 25 yarder, out to the 37 yard line. Almost back it up with a long pass to the Hogs 35, but motion penalty brings it all back.

8:50 p.m. — Tejada’s kick off puts MSU on their own 17 yard line; and a flag on the play before the Bears can make a snap. False start.

8:49 p.m. — Arkansas has passed for a school record 427 yards, breaking the old mark of 300 and change against LSU. And counting.

8:48 p.m. — The touchdown drive: 10 plays 78 yards in 4:45 for Wilson at QB.

8:47 p.m. — Wilson finds Childs at the one, then threads it in to Cobi Hamilton for six; the PAT is good and its 48-10.

8:46 p.m. — Green and Wingo alternate runs as the Razorbacks methodically march down field, now 2nd and seven at the 14.

8:44 p.m. — Quick 3rd quarter stats: Wright has 139 yards on six catches; MSU has 162 yards so the Bears have pulled ahead of the Razorbacks’ top receiver.

8:44 p.m. — Wilson finds Wingo in the near flat, Wingo deals through open field for an 8 yard gain to the MSU 30.

8:43 p.m. — Davis on the carry to the 38 of Missouri State as the Hogs continue to drive.

8:42 p.m — Wilson in for the Razorbacks. Nice screen to Dennis Johnson out to the Arkansas 47 for a first down.

8:39 p.m. — TV timeout.

8:38 p.m. — Three and backwards for MSU, 4th and 14 to start the fourth for the Bears; Childs punts 46 yards.

8:34 p.m. — Eskew and Nelson combined for a sack of MSU QB Kirby, third and 14 now as the third quarter ends.

8:33 p.m. — Kirby scrambles for 14 yards, but it’s all coming back on a holding call on MSU.

8:31 p.m. — Here’s some breaking news, Arkansas will punt for the first time tonight, at 1:40 in the third.

8:28 p.m. — Tyler Wilson steps in as the quarterback from the Arkansas 18 and hands off up the middle to Ronnie Wingo. He bobs and weaves his way through the MSU secondary for about 20.

8:25 p.m. — MSU eeaks out a one yard gain for a first down at midfield; tackle for a loss by Wright. Kirby sacked dramatically on third down and Childs back on for the punt. Freddie Burton with the sack.

8:24 p.m. — Kirby pump fakes, then runs for his life before Wendell Davis runs him down after a two yard gain that took 30 to achieve.

8:23 p.m. — Tejada has his third kickoff go out of bounds; MSU starts at 40 yard line again.

8:21 p.m. — Six plays and 58 yards in 2:21 for Tejada to close it out with a 24 yard field goal; its now 41-10 Arkansas with 6:09 left in the third.

8:20 p.m. — Michael Smith has four carries, but he’s averaging well over double-digits per carry.

8:19 p.m. — Pair of short tosses by Mallett moves Hogs to the seven for third down.

8:17 p.m. — One play and Mallett changes ends of the field, moving Arkansas from its 35 to MSU’s 30 with one pass. Smith breaks away for another first down and a 15 yard run.

8:16 p.m. — Jordan Chiles comes on to punt for only the second time tonight for MSU, puts it out of bounds at the UA 35, only a 27 yard punt. Mallett is under center for Arkansas.

8:12 p.m. — No gain on first down, but Kirby finds Williams for a 10 yard gain on second and the first down. Bears go incomplete, then add a 15-yard personal foul for a chop block. Now 1st and 25 at 28. Kirby keeps for about half of the penalty distance, but then heaves deep to set up third and very long.

8:11 p.m. — MSU returns the ball out to the 32 yard line to begin.

8:10 p.m. — For those of you scoring at home, that’s a 99 yard drive in 1:34.

8:08 p.m. — That’s Joe Adams, that’s yards after catch and that’s what happens when your receivers do a fantastic job of downfield blocking. Adams weaves through traffic for the TD. PAT is good and it’s 38-10 Razorbacks.

8:06 p.m. — Great effort tonight by the offensive line, which is why the Hog quarterbacks are having so much time to find receivers. A great improvement over last season. We are in a TV timeout.

8:05 p.m. — Mallett drops back, all day to settle, Jarius Wright in the left flat and its a 16-yard gain to MSU 40; Grant Cook is down on the field. He’s up now and hobbling off under his own power.

8:04 p.m. — Official attendance is a sellout, 55,572.

8:03 p.m. — Big round of applause for Crawford as he is helped up by trainers and make his way to the near sideline, he’s holding his right arm.

8:02 p.m. — Mallett to Crawford in the right flat, set up for and makes a long run out the 45 yard line. Crowd falls silent as London Crawford is down on the field.

8:00 p.m. — Michael Smith slithers through the Bears for 11 to put Arkansas at the 21 yard line.

7:59 p.m. — Little discussion about the placement of tha pass to Curtis. Third down now after debate and a very long one at the 10.

7:57 p.m. — Tremain Thomas ends the MSU drive with an interception at the one yard line. Kirby was going for it all after the penalty. mallett drops back into his endzone, goes 35 yards down field to Jarius Wright just a little in front of him. If they connect, Wright is probably still running.

7:55 p.m. — Hogs bring pressure which leaves man coverage. Ramon Broadway "mans" up to say the least and breaks up the play. Crowd now roaring on third and long. Kirby tosses into the left flat for very little gain. Crim and Thomas on the tackle. Personal foul on defense, however, saves the drive for MSU. It was a saving penalty that allowed MSU to score its only first half TD.

7:54 p.m. — Kirby takes a shot, but gets the first down. Then floats one dangerously into the left flat; near interception and if Crim gets it clean, that was six. Second down now.

7:52 p.m. — Missouri State starts the second half from the 40 yard line after Tejada’s kick out of bounds. Kirby takes his time on the snap, goes direct to Emory for a five yard gain. Again, no huddle for the Bears.

7:49 p.m. — Jarius Wright leads the receivers with 123 yards on five catches; Green has 17 net yards on eight carries; Smith 17 yards on two carries. So Wright has more yards — 123 — than Missouri State — 120.

7:45 p.m. — Halftime stats — First downs, 14-8 for UA; passing yards, 251 to 84; Overall, UA was 16-20 passing, Mallett going 10-of-12 and Wilson 6-of-8; Hogs put up 290 total yards on 35 plays; MSU only 120 yards on 28 plays.

7:38 p.m. — Quick halftime notes while we listen to the band and wait for the halftime stats — Mallett was 5-5 in first and hit his first nine straight passes; the 21 points in first quarter is most for a Petrino team so far in any quarter, the touchdown return on the opening kick off was the first since 2001 at Arkansas.

7:29 p.m. — Tejada’s kick off returned from the six, not as much room this time for Saffold. Stopped by Nelson at the 26. MSU has 7.9 seconds to operate with in this half. Kirby takes a knee and that’s where we finish the first half, 31-10.

7:26 p.m. — On third from the three, Mallet rolls right, over throws but a flag on the play. Illegal formation, penalty declined and Tejada will come on for the FG attempt. 20 yarder is good, and it’s 31-10 with 14.3 left in first half.

7:23 p.m. — Hogs call a time out with 51.3 seconds left. Hand off to Green, very small gain. Need to get the play in, clock is running. Green again to middle of field, and time out called; third and final of half.

7:21 p.m. — Mallett again, this time in the near flat to Childs for the first down. On 14 yard line, Mallett tries to strong arm it in for Hamilton and that breaks a string of consecutive completions — his first one of the game — he hit is first nine. Make it now 10 of 11 to D.J. Williams.

7:19 p.m. — Mallett hangs in the pocket, takes a hit but finds Wright in stride for a 34 yard gain. Hits Smith on 2nd down; complete his next one deep over the middle to Joe Adams; 1st down at 25.

7:18 p.m. — Johnson deep for Arkansas on the kickoff, watches Hottelman’s kick bound into the endzone so it’s 1st and 10 at the 20; Mallett back at QB.

7:16 p.m. — In the first quarter, Hogs were 5-of-5 passing for 100 yards; 128 total yards compared to MSU’s 75 yards. MSU did own the time of possession, 9:09 to 5:51, but Arkansas scored two of its first two TD on kickoff return and a short field drive.

7:14 p.m. — Groan. Pass interference in the end zone sets up MSU at the two yard line. Douglas punches it into the end zone and now 28-9; PAT to come and it’s good, 28-10.

7:12 p.m. — Kirby looks to bench, hesitates; perhaps changes call. That wasn’t the right answer as MSU is stuffed for no gain. Now 3rd and 8 at the Razorback 10. Another look to the bench, another handoff to Douglas. Another short gain. Fourth down and five, MSU will go for it. MSU stalls inside 10, now faces 4th down and WMS crowd. Under pressure, Kirby throws incomplete, but flag in the end zone after the play.

7:11 p.m. — Harbor struggles to get away from Hogs and after a 12 yard gain now 1st and 10 at 14; crowd begins to get involved.

7:09 p.m. — Kirby finds Emory at the Razorback 25 yard line, deepest possession of day by MSU.

7:08 p.m. — Third and two now for MSU, Kirby check off as crowd gets louder, belly by Davis gets just enough for the first down at the Razorback 43.

7:06 p.m. — Kickoff taken at the two and returned out to the 48 yard line with Tejada making the tackle. MSU sets up with its best field position of the day thanks to Jermaine Saffold’s return.

7:05 p.m. — The PAT makes it 28-3; and War Memorial starts doing the wave. Well, OK, let’s wake up the echos with this high power offense AND the old cheers.

7:03 p.m. — After three runs with little gain, fourth and goal at the two, Petrino is going for it. Double tight ends, Wilson rolls out naked to his right, lofts it into the corner of the end zone to a wide open Van Steuben.

7:01 p.m. — Cleveland hauls in the catch and rumbles to the six yard line. First and goal. Wilson hands off to Green, stopped for no gain by Bears.

6:59 p.m. — After the time out, here we go. Wilson calmly drops back, throws across the field to Wright; turn and run for a 17 yard gain to the 16 and the Hogs are in business.

6:57 p.m. — Speaking of TV, we understand that Cox in NWA has the game back on. Thanks to Cox for working on the problem. Rest of state and the sat providers look like they were OK so far tonight.

6:57 p.m. — Nice quick fire from Wilson to Reggie Fish for 9 yards; 4th and 3 and Petrino is going for it. Coach now calls a time out to consider the play. Arkansas’ first time out of the game. This will be a TV timeout.

6:54 p.m. — Hogs move into MSU territory with first down at 40, Wilson drops deep, looks looks just misses out of bounds with the completion to Cobi Hamilton at the 20.

6:53 p.m. — Wilson rolls to left, finds Crawford open, who adds yards after catch to make it a first down at the 46 yard line.

6:52 p.m. — Again, Cox Cable is working on problems in NWA.

6:50 p.m. — Wilson works out of pressure, threads it in to Greg Childs who battles for the last yards to get the first down at the 29 yard line. Johnson gets hit for a loss on next play; crowd has settled down last few minutes.

6:49 p.m. — As we begin the second quarter, Wilson works from the gun, motion from the right tackle and a flag. Backs the Hogs up to 2nd and 13 at the 15.

6:48 p.m. — Great way to start the season — the 21 points scored is the most in a single quarter in the Bobby Petrino tenure at Arkansas.

6:47 p.m. — Tyler Wilson check in at QB, hands off to Ronnie Wingo for a short gain, and that will end the first quarter with Razorbacks up 21-3.

6:46 p.m. — Bears go with spread lineup for punt, bad snap but Hogs playing for a return; Adams fumbles an awkward punt, but covers. 1st and 10 at the 17.

6:44 p.m. — After two no gain plays, Bears face 3rd and 10, low snap and a floater pass; that will finally result in the first punt of the day.

6:43 p.m. — Tejada’s kick goes out of bounds, MSU will be in play at the 40 yard line. It is a perfect evening and a full house at WMS as the clock begins at 1:37 left in the first quarter.

6:41 p.m. — Roderick Green punches it in for his first Razorback touchdown, 4 plays, 74 yards on the drive; Hogs now up 21-3.

6:39 p.m. — Mallett over the middle to Wright again, Wright pulls it out of the air, and many thought it was headed for another receiver; Wright stopped on goal line.

6:38 p.m. — Mallett take deep drop, settles in pocket; checks and fires to Jarius Wright, wide open and Wright motors down to the 16 of MSU. Roderick Green’s dive on 1st down takes it to the 16.

6:37 p.m. — Dennis Johnson from the two, takes it out to the 26 yard line for Mallett.

6:37 p.m. — Hottleman’s kick is a career high, and now he’s set to kick it off for the Bears. Looks like the first full-field position posession for Razorbacks is upcoming.

6:35 p.m. — A 53 yard field goal attempt for Matt Hottleman is good; UA 14, MSU 3.

6:34 p.m. — After the time out, Sheppard sacks Kirby; then Kirby under triple pressure sidearms a pass for a loss. Sets up third and long at UA 40.

6:31 p.m. — Bears call time out, second of the game; 5:31 left in first quarter.

6:31 p.m. — Crowd comes alive on 3rd and 4 at Hogs 40 for MSU, incomplete but flag; offsides on UA keeps MSU drive alive with 1st down.

6:29 p.m. — Bears mixing Douglas runs and Kirby passes; have moved to the Hogs 40 for a 3rd and 4; expect the crowd to come alive; and on cue, they do.

6:28 p.m. — Douglas gets stuffed on his next carry, but Kirby makes up plenty of ground and a 26 yard gain to the UA 47.

6:27 p.m. — Chris Douglas finds a seam in the Razorback pressure and blasts out 20 yards to the 29 yard line; 1st and 10 for Bears.

6:25 p.m. — Warren gets hammered by Matt Harris on the ensuing kickoff at the 20 yard line, but flag on the play. Block in the back for MSU puts ball at the 10.

6:22 p.m. — Michael Smith says GOOOOODBYE — quick draw up middle, then veering to the left and Smith is in the endzone untouched. A 3:20 drive puts Arkansas up 14-0 at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter.

6:21 p.m. — Shades of Fran Tarkenton, Mallett scrambles then does a little jump dump pass to Smith, Smith deals for 16 yards to take the Hogs inside the 10.

6:20 p.m. — Mallett out of gun with no backs, complete to Joe Adams at the 27; 2nd and one for Hogs

6:19 p.m. — Mallett fumbles the second down snap, now on third down, hand off to Michael Smith and he gets stuffed at line of scrimmage. Smith battles and gets the first down.

6:18 p.m. — Mallett completes first pass of his Razorback career for six yards to Wright.

6:18 p.m. — Low snap, Kirby takes a hard hit as he releases; Wendell Davis makes an interception of the underthrow, 1st and 10 Razorbacks at 46 of MSU.

6:17 p.m. — Kirby has his team back at the line after the time out, 3rd and a short four at the 48.

6:15 p.m. — For fans in the NW Arkansas area that are having trouble with the PPV, please be patient as the local cable companies are working on the problem. Please contact them direct.

6:15 p.m. — Kirby slips the rush and gains five to the 48 yard line. 3rd and four.

6:14 p.m. — Mo State managed first down to the 42 yard line; still in no huddle shotgun.

6:12 p.m. — 1st and 10 for the Bears and Kirby is sacked for a three-yard loss; Sheppard in on tackle.

6:11 p.m. — Kickoff by Hogs, taken at the six by Warren, he’s swarmed at the 20, and fights to the 22. Nelson with tackle.

6:10 p.m. — Tejada adds the PAT and just like that, it’s 7-0 Razorbacks. TV timeout. We’ll have to wait a little longer for Ryan Mallett’s QB debut.

6:07 p.m. — Kickoff taken by Johnson at the nine, and he could go all the way. AND HE DOES.

6:06 p.m. — There go the Razorbacks on the jumbotron, they crush the MSU helmet and the crowd roars with approval.

6:05 p.m. — Razorbacks win the toss, will receive kickoff and defend the south goal; Mallett visibly fired up about winning the toss.

6:04 p.m. — Missouri State enters to the usual welcome; game time temp is 81 degrees crowd goes nuts for the special WMS intro video.

6:03 p.m. — Today’s captains are Mallett, Davis, Smith and Love for Arkansas

6:00 p.m. — The "A" is formed, and we await the team.

5:53 p.m. — The national anthem.

5:51 p.m. — Let’s stand up AND CALL THOSE HOGS. It’s a full house and the roar — even through the press box glass — has the hairs on my arms standing on end. There is nothing NOTHING like the opening game for Razorback football.

5:47 p.m. — Razorbacks exit the field to a huge ovation, we are just under 20 minutes to kickoff. The band is getting ready to take the field.

5:42 p.m. — Seeing the ad on the jumbotron reminds me to remind you — tickets for the Southwest Classic are still on sale. Go to ArkansasRazorbacks.com and click on tickets.

5:40 p.m. — Elton Ford is not dressing for today’s game.

5:38 p.m. — Both teams in full warmups, clock is under 29 minutes. Remember, if you are watching via PPV on cable or TV, call your providers if there is trouble. If you are viewing PPV through on-line stream, MAKE SURE you choose "Technical Support" for faster attention.

5:32 p.m. — Razorbacks stretching on the south end zone; Mo State still doing warm-up drills on north end zone.

5:30 p.m. — Razorback Marching Band has entered the field and is making its way around; 37:00 on the game clock to kickoff; the officials have made their field microphone check also.

5:27 p.m. — Defensive starts for UA: DE Bequette & Davis; DT Stadther & Sheppard; OLB Franklin; MLB Davis; OLB Burton; CB Broadway & Crim; S Thomas & Harris.

5:26 p.m. — Pregame clock is now at 40 minutes; your Razorback offense starters: QB, Mallett; RB, Smith; FB, Stumon; W, Adams; X, Childs; Y, Williams; Z, Wright; OT, Dominguez & Love; OG, Cook & Petrus; C, Oxner.

5:24 p.m. — Starting lineups announced for the fans over the PA system. Announcement of Ryan Mallett at QB draws huge roar from crowd in stadium.

5:23 p.m. — Remember that today’s game is the only PPV game of the year for Arkansas. Under the new SEC TV deal, each member school has only one PPV game. The rest are covered by the new family of SEC outlets.

5:22 p.m. — Cue the warm-up music and here come the Arkansas Razorbacks.

5:17 p.m. — Game clock rolls past 50:00 to kickoff

5:13 p.m. — Mo State QBs and receivers on field as well; all white uniforms for the Bears with their maroon helmets. Traditional Razorback Red jerseys and white pants, no stripe, for the Hogs.

5:12 p.m. — Here are your Arkansas Razorbacks — at least the specialists, led onto the field for warm-ups by Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson.

5:11 p.m. — Razorback managers and hit hte field, the players can’t be far behind.

5:06 p.m. — Pryor History Center’s video package on the origins of the Razorback now playing on scoreboard; remember this is the 100 Years of Razorbacks celebration year.

5:01 p.m. — Welcome back to WMS, the clock shows just under 64 minutes to kick; the MSU QBs are out on the field starting to throw informally on the far sideline; highlight reel is on the jumbo tron

4:30 p.m. — Finished with the 100 minute meeting with the officials and took care of my last piece of additional business before heading back to the press box. The extra business is finding someone to give my game tickets. On days when the family isn’t at the game, I always try to walk around the gates and find a youngster who needs seats. Today it was two kids. The older brother had the two fingers gingerly in the air. How much, he said. Nothing. Usual shock. I always try to give them away, because I know what it can mean to get that gift of being in the stands. Makes me feel good. Makes them Razorback fans. Maybe also fans of the website.

Welcome to War Memorial Stadium’s press box and the 2009 real-time reporting season. We will roll full details starting at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. kickoff. In the meantime, here’s some early details:

The gates have just opened here at 4 p.m., and the two teams are strolling around the field in sweats and tee-shirts.

The rains have come and gone in central Arkansas, the radar looks clear and the forecast is for less than 30% of additional rain.

As you can see from the photo, we have full Razorback on midfield.

If you have pics from your WMS tailgates, send them to Bill Smith at bismith@uark.edu. We will build a gallery over the weekend of the best we receive.

There are two Twitter feeds to follow starting today. If you want the full details of the game, including any traffic or other crowd announcements, follow @RazorbackRoad. If you want the highlights — scores and other major events — just stay with @ArkRazorbacks.

Here’s the pregame blog link.



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